Beginning today, January 2, 2020, St. Anne Church, under my pastorate, will suspend the common chalice as the flu season has reached epidemic proportions in Georgia and other states.
We know that contagious diseases can be spread by drinking after someone, even after one person, let alone scores of people. Young people are susceptible to Meningitis, a deadly bacteria caught by drinking after someone.
In fact in Augusta I offered a Requiem Mass for a college freshman who caught this deadly disease after drinking from the same can of coke as her boyfriend.
If churches were under most local health departments which do restaurant inspections, we would be cited as a church serving the Precious Blood to all from a common chalice as being a risk to public health.
Could you even imagine a grocery store offering free samples of new brand of orange juice, by simply placing a glass of it on a table and inviting all to sample it from the common glass??????